Sunday, August 2, 2015

REVIEW Tempted by Fire by Erin Kellison

Tempted by Fire
Dragons of Bloodfire Book 1 
by Erin Kellison
Dragon shifter Thane Ealdian has waited six hundred years to avenge the loss of his family, and finally a clue has surfaced that implicates an old adversary. 

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Categories ~ Dragons, Paranormal Shifters

Dragon shifter Thane Ealdian has waited six hundred years to avenge the loss of his family, and finally a clue has surfaced that implicates an old adversary. Thane will stop at nothing to seek his revenge, but to prevent violence between the clans, the Bloodkin Triad has forced a mediator on him. Some upstart named Emerson Clark...

Emerson is fed up with all Bloodkin and how they've managed to control every aspect of her life. While she doesn’t believe that Bloodkin can shift into dragons—because, really?—she has to admit, they are exceptionally nice to look at. But once the mediation is over, she wants nothing to do with them ever again.

When Thane discovers that the clever and beautiful Emerson is the key to uncovering the truth, he has no intention of letting her go. Although she wants to run, she can’t turn her back on Thane or her intense feelings for him. His quest pulls at her heart, just as his nearness sparks something dangerous inside her. With evil in hot pursuit, sooner or later everything will ignite—the mediation, the shifter within her... and their passions.

* Tempted by Fire was previously published in Dark and Damaged

Having read other books by Erin Kellison, I can say that I was not expecting this book to be quite what it turned out to be. For a fact I've read lots of dragon books but this one is different, special. It's very graphic in the aspect of the dragons with their traditions from a new perspective then other books I've read. The story deals heavily with family loves, confusion, hurts and death. You can feel every emotion and it pulls you further into the story.

Ryce Ealdian is a ancient dragon shifter with a very dark edge. I felt his character was very dark in the beginning and watching him change through meeting Emerson was written in a manner that made sense. 

Emerson is not what she appears to be either. This is where it gets really interesting. I liked her confusion and wanting to just get everything over with attitude. She wasn't soft or a push over.

The author continually twists the story as we follow an amazing story of seeing dragons through a different new eye, a little bit rougher around the edges but deeper than we could possibly guess. She weaves a story with the back story so you know how they came to be today. 

It was interesting watching how two opposing families who have been fighting for 600 years come to terms and discover the truth of this long fight. I love how she shows the honor of these enemies, how they interact with each other and have the ability to show compassion even if they can not agree.

One of my favorite parts of the book. 

"He turned his hand over, and in his palm was a smooth, gray stone. She looked at it for a long moment and then went very still. Her face flushed, and her eyes misted, seeming to glow. “From your first hoard?” she asked. So she remembered. “The first stone I collected.” Did she understand what he was trying to say?"

I could feel his fear and love at the same time. I know you want to know what I am talking about but you will have to read the story to understand why it is so impactful.

I give this 4 Stars.

An ARC was gifted in exchange for an honest review.

My Reviews of the series ~ 
Tempted by Fire (Dragons of Bloodfire #1) ~ my review
Awakened by Fire (Dragons of Bloodfire #2) ~ my review

Erin Kellison is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Reveler serial, where dreaming turns dangerous. She also writes the dark fantasy romance Shadow series and Shadow Kissed series. RT calls Soul Kissed, “a dark fairy tale with a twist, perfect for readers who love passion with their fantasy.” And this year she expands her science fiction romance Sol series.

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